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Beyond the truth : can reparations move peace and justice forward in Timor-Leste?
|Title:||Beyond the truth : can reparations move peace and justice forward in Timor-Leste?|
|LC Subject Headings:||Reparations for historical injustices - East Timor|
Human rights - East Timor
Restitution - East Timor
Restorative justice - East Timor
|Issue Date:||Mar 2010|
|Publisher:||Honolulu, HI: East-West Center|
|Series/Report no.:||AsiaPacific issues ; no.93|
|Abstract:||After hundreds of years as a Portuguese colony and then decades of Indonesian occupation, Timor-Leste (East Timor) finally became independent in 2002. Since then, Timor-Leste has been in the process of building itself as a sovereign nation, fighting to shake off its tumultuous past. Timor-Leste must now decide how best to resolve issues stemming from a brief civil war and Indonesian invasion and occupation (1975-1999), including grave human rights violations on all sides of the conflict. Human rights trials in both Timor-Leste and Indonesia have produced unsatisfying results, but two separate truth commissions recommended reparations--both intrastate and interstate--as a key element of reconciliation and healing. Critical questions remain, however, concerning the value, scope, and implementation of a reparations program within Timor-Leste or between Indonesia and Timor-Leste. Only a sincere, informed, and transparent decision-making process will result in a reparations program that could be a significant and successful part of moving peace and justice forward.|
|Description:||For more about the East-West Center, see http://www.eastwestcenter.org/|
|Appears in Collections:||AsiaPacific Issues|
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